This waste-to-energy power station in Copenhagen doubles as a ski park!


The Danish capital, Copenhagen, is committed to becoming the world’s first carbon neutral city by 2025, and with the opening of the much-anticipated CopenHill, we can see the city rushing towards its goal. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), CopenHill is an intriguing mesh of a waste-to-energy power plant, a ski slope, a hiking and running trail and a section of greenery. lush in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Copenhagen.

Designate: Bjarke Ingels Group, SLA, AKT, Lüchinger + Meyer, MOE and Rambøll

Created using glass and stacked aluminum bricks, the structure has a futuristic and elegant appeal. However, the steam generator that was part of the initial plans had to be skipped, but could be a future addition!

A 1480-foot man-made slope, quite an interesting green color, is a major attraction. Ski lifts and a glass elevator give access to it. The track has different levels of difficulty, for the various leagues of skiers. You can therefore make your choice, with the lower level green for beginners, blue for intermediates and red for confirmed and seasoned! A freestyle park and a slalom course are included!

Measuring 278 feet, CopenHill also features the world’s tallest climbing wall, as well as a cross-fit area and trail for hiking and running. There is a rooftop bar where you can have drinks and food!

Home to 7,000 bushes, 300 pines and willows, as well as other varieties of nature, CopenHill has a beautiful connection with nature.

“Under slopes, hot tubs, steam and turbines convert 440,000 tonnes of waste per year into enough clean energy to provide electricity and district heating to 150,000 homes,” BIG explains. “The necessities of the power plant to accomplish this task, from ventilation shafts to air intakes, help create the varied topography of a mountain; a landscape created by man in the meeting between needs from below and desires from above.

CopenHill is the perfect example of the fusion of architecture and sustainability to create a dynamic urban structure that meets multiple needs. CopenHill is set to be a major tourist attraction, with people from all over the world hitting a garbage incinerator that also happens to be a fun ski park!


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